Medical Privacy with Insurance and Physicians

I wrote a post in Medcare forum covering a piece of this, but it came as a shock to me. Did you know that if you go and get STD testing (even simply for standard checkup) at your physician using medical insurance, that the results whether positive or negative will be sent to your medical insurance company and often passed on to your employer? Even if you are negative, it might reflect poorly on you in your employer’s eyes as ‘risky sexual lifestyle’ individual. My doctor warned about this before testing and recommended going to the health clinic where its free or low cost and they don’t pass that information on. Granted, state by state, different laws for different folks, but its something to look into. Medical privacy isn’t as secure as it used to be, and be wise before you test.

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